I’ve done a little bit of work on #9’s front end and tender this afternoon.
When it was originally converted from HO scale the loco had coffee stirrer running boards over the cylinders but these looked too narrow for an On30 model so I’ve replaced them, and the front footplate, with wood cut from a lollipop stick.
Only a slight change but it will improve the appearance of the loco once painted. The tender is now glued together and stuffed full of lead for adhesion. The original “coal” was an unconvincing moulding so it has been replaced with black aquarium gravel. The greedy boards are the back from a Gnomy truck.
Finally, for now, the eponymous one too many. My gran used to be an Avon rep and every Christmas there was always aftershave as a stocking filler, regardless of whether or not I had a beard at the time! One year the aftershave came in a loco shaped bottle, which I still have to this day.
Posed here with #9’s original tender. It is about the right size but I reckon it’s pretty much impossible to convert this one into an On30 model!